Yep, Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse will soon be battling it out on the big screen.
A live-action hybrid Tom and Jerry film is currently in the works and a US release date of December 23, 2020 has been locked in. The Warner Bros. film, which was originally slated for release in April 2021, will now be taking on some other big titles lined up for the 2020 festive season: Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, the Tom Holland-starring Uncharted movie, Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, and Eddie Murphy sequel Coming 2 America among them.
Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Michael Pena, Ken Jeong, Rob Delaney, Jordan Bolger and Pallavi Sharda, the Tom and Jerry film will find the two characters getting kicked out of their home and moving into a fancy hotel in New York. Moretz plays a scrappy employee who will be fired if she can’t get rid of Jerry before a high-class wedding takes place on the premises. She hires Tom to get to work.
Directing the film is Tim Story, whose credits include the 2005 and 2007 Fantastic Four movies, Barbershop and the Ride Along films. The script comes from Katie Silberman (Booksmart, Isn’t it Romantic), Kevin Costello (Brigsby Bear), April Prosser, and Eric Gravning.
Tom and Jerry was created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera in 1940 and were initially the focus of animated shorts, seven of which took home Oscars.